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Grateful Dead Live at Paramount Theater on 1972-07-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Paramount Theater on 1972-07-25

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The Promised Land, Sugaree, Me And My Uncle, Bird Song, Black Throated Wind, Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Playing In The Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Casey Jones He's Gone, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Truckin' > The Other One Jam > Drums > The Other One > Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, Sing Me Back Home, Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Paramount Theater
Location Portland, OR

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD> MR> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN
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SBD> MR> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN; encoding, vined by J. Cotsman; with thanks to Mark Sweeney


Reviewer: KCcandyman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2016
Subject: Cosmic Charlie?
Am I really the only to notice the Cosmic Charlie theme at @ 16:30 in TOO....? Pretty Fun!!
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2015
Subject: no matrix necessary
To my knowledge, the Dead never failed to deliver anything but exceptional goods in Portland or anywhere else in Oregon prior to the '74 break.

This board recording has special properties (bet it would sound even better in a lossless format). You can hear the room. The vocal mics are hot. It's a great mix, especially at first, with Bob and Phil's vocals and Billy's drums a bit higher up than they are in most boards -- I like 'em like that. The bass may be a tad low for some tastes and the occasional vocal distortion may offend. The balance between Jerry and Bob's guitar is okay, although I could almost always use a bit more volume on Bobby's guitar (especially for this show).

The show is somewhat enhanced (or marred) by tuning difficulties. The Dead are experiencing some "equipment issues."

The audience, clearly, is jacked out of their heads and you can hear 'em losing their shirts, especially between songs.

Some of the funniest audience banter ever between Sugaree and Me and My Uncle.

Bird Song is tight. Tighter than Veneta, but looser than most of the Europe 72 and pre-Europe versions.

Jerry's out of tune and struggling during parts of Black Throated Wind but it doesn't seem to be bothering Bob none.

Sounds like Bob breaks a string in Cumberland. A couple minutes of tuning follow. It's difficult to tell if someone's instrument is malfunctioning ... Jerry did eventually hang up that Alligator Strat because, in part, it kept drifting out of tune.

Loser seems like it might go off the rails but of course it doesn't.

The Playin' is gorgeous and intense, as it almost always was during this era.

Following He's Gone, an absolutely incredible version of Greatest Story Ever Told gets the audience energy level right back where it was when the show began. The band follows it up with an unusually groovy, slow-tempo China Cat. It's almost languid! Rider alternates between some impassioned vocals (Phil!) and instrumentals where the rhythm section really carries the day.

Allegedly the rest of the show is pretty interesting as well, but can you really trust any of these reviews? A lot of those songs later in the set are the repetitive ones that get weird or boring really quickly. < = joke

Take your time with this one. Start from the beginning. Turn it up LOUD. Don't be afraid to leave the room or turn it off if you starts to freak you out or if you just don't want to hear any version of Beat It On Down the Line. Individual people in the audience walked out on the Dead all the time because it was too much, even (or especially) in 1972. Their minds stopped being capable of processing the awesomeness of what was happening, probably from sheer exhastion. Then, after finding some space in the hallway or lobby and chilling out for a while, maybe rapping with some friendly sane person, some of those audience members would wander back towards the stage for additional mindwhipping.

[this review duplicated from my review of the Charlie Miller transfer of this recording]
Reviewer: Lost Saint - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2015
Subject: First set was just fine!
Just saw DSO perform this in Seattle, but I thought the first set was just fine! Sure, maybe not as "on" as some of the later '72 shows, but come on!...this show was rip roaring! Brought two friends who had never experienced the Dead and they were instant converts, so great to see to see them smiling from ear to ear!
Reviewer: setigamer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2015
Subject: Dark Star Orchestra
Just saw DSO in Seattle and they recreated this fantastic show. The first set is very misleading and didn't really get moving, the second set hits you hard and doesn't stop getting better and better until the very end. The Weir jams in Other One was unexpected. Like one comment below said, the magic was hidden in the second set and became one of the most beautiful sets I think I've ever heard.

Kudos to Dark Star Orchestra for recreating this classic and keeping the music alive for us.
Reviewer: baconbus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2013
Subject: Weir-d
I love the Weir parts in the Other One jam section.

Funny how the Other One doesn't really fit the rest of the playing this night...
Reviewer: RJ_Squirrel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2012
Subject: Interesting jam -check it out
Not necessarily worth listening to the whole show unless you've got the time; there are a couple of annoying cuts and it's not the most energetic performance (though an average '72 GD show is still pretty great) . However as mentioned the Other One jam is rather unique, and definitely worth a listen. And that's followed by a lyric flub by Weir that made me laugh out loud.
Reviewer: light into ashes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2009
Subject: Mysterious Other One Jam
7-25-72 is not a show that gets mentioned much....on the whole it's one of those shows from that summer West Coast run that's just too mellow & subdued to catch fire, so it will always hide in the shadow of the shows from the end of August. has one of THOSE moments....hidden inside the second set.
Truckin' is a standard '72 version, not as supercharged as it could be; Garcia's playing is wiry, but they don't take it out much, instead winding down to the Other One drums....
And yet, when the Other One starts, nobody really feels like playing it, they tease the riff a little and then wander off into a different zone. Garcia plays some mysterious repeating phrases, and you can feel them about to discover something....
There's a brief cut in the tape, and we come back to Garcia and Lesh playing stately contrapuntal lines like classical violinists. All of a sudden the waters calm and the universe sounds a lot like the end of Lesh's bass solo in 2-15-73 when Garcia joins him....yes, it's that gorgeous.
But here Weir joins them, and they start taking it somewhere else - chords materialize, a thematic jam that's something like a cross between the Spanish Jam and Goin' Down the Road.... It builds, they start playing harder, and then Garcia starts playing slide and whips out some Allman-like lines. It only lasts about six minutes, but as far as I know it's unique; I don't recall hearing this theme in other shows. Yet it's one of those things everyone should hear, like the "Beautiful Jam" from 2-18-71.
All things end, though....they return to the Other One, and of course Weir instantly forgets the words! They hurry through the rest of it without much jamming, although there is one of the gnarly Lesh solos that he was doing in late '72.
They recover themselves in Wharf Rat, a strong and well-sung version. Garcia's solo at the end is magnificent, climbing the desperate heights before softening down to end on notes of quiet resignation.
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2007
Subject: Bob's high in the mix again
Promised Land has Mr Weir very prominently featured, above everyone else; I don't think I heard Keith @ all. It almost sounds like someone played a guitar OVER the original recording it's that loud---it's almost annoying. Sugaree has the same issue with Bob's part. Hearing it in head phones, Bob's part is the only one you hear in your right ear & everyone else is rather low in the left. Wait---the rest of the band is now heard @ about 1:50 into Sugaree & the sound is more balanced. The sound balance issue hasn't carried over to any of the other songs, so all's well I guess.

Other than the balance issue in the beginning, the music is put together as well as is could have been in the summer of '72, which is to say it's really good. As good as in Europe or a month later in Veneta, OR? Not quite, but I have NOTHING even remotely bad to say about this performance. I think it's a couple notches above what was released as an official download from GDP last year, the whole of 7/22 & a few songs from 7/21---both at the same theatre as this show. Unforunately I've not gotten to The Other One yet which it's been said in the previous ratings & in the GD Forum is WAY out there---I can't wait.

Solid 4 Stars (1972 Stars, so that's pretty F'n good)

***7/2/07 ammendment---this show was @ a different Paramount Theatre than the 21st & 22nd shows, and the official D/L release was the whole of the 21st & part of the 22nd. And about THE OTHER ONE---all I have to say is "WOW!!!" Another thing about the jam section of TOO---the "weird" little jams start @ about 6 min into it, not 13 min. Though they do continue clear through until Bob f's up the lyrics.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2006
Subject: Representative summer 72
I agree with this review. The rest of the show is OK, but not great. There's an odd little jam out of Truckin, and The Other One is very exploratory; perhaps they got lost in it. It's quite worth a listen. The sound is excellent barring a few minor dropouts.
Reviewer: gratefulshrink - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2005
Subject: Unique Other One
Just llistened to the second set of this show for the first time. It sounded about average for a summer 72 show, until about 13 minutes into The Other One. At that point the song morphed into 2 or 3 different melodic jams (I've never heard on any other shows), and an extended Phil solo. Michael Getz decsribed this more eloquently in the Taping Compendium. Four stars for the show, but five for The Other One.
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